Minnesota’s First Gastro-Poster Sale

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Union making a downtown splash

Hennepin Avenue’s lights are about to get a whole lot brighter. That’s because Union, the latest venture from Kaskaid Hospitality, is transforming the former Shinders building at 8th Street into an ambitious restaurant, bar, lounge and rooftop complex.

"I believe in downtown Minneapolis," said Kaskaid CEO Kam Talebi. "This project is a powerful statement of that belief. We want to create something that’s unique to the marketplace. Hopefully it will become an iconic destination."

The rooftop alone will probably guarantee that.The predominant feature is a retractable, 28-foot-high glass roof, which, when closed, will become a four-season, climate-controlled space. Talebi said that the structure — which will fold and unfold like a telescope, in 15 minutes — will be the largest of its kind in North America.

Talebi said the project is on schedule for an early November opening.

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America’s 20 Most Creative Cities

18. Minneapolis, Minn.
Innovation, high technology, and tolerance for racial, ethnic, and social diversity contribute to Minneapolis’s creative class ranking.

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Southdale Center named among nation’s 10 most influential buildings

Southdale Center has been named one of “Ten Buildings That Changed America,” joining a distinguished list that includes masterworks by Thomas Jefferson, Frank Lloyd Wright and others.

The list was assembled in preparation for a PBS series airing in 2013. The 10 buildings were chosen by a panel of architects and historians.

Southdale’s claim to fame is being the first enclosed shopping mall in America. When the Edina mall opened in 1956, it created a sensation, and became the prototype for hundreds of shopping malls throughout the country.

via TwinCities.com

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New face to grace Nicollet Mall

Plans for an expanded Xcel Energy Inc. headquarters campus in downtown Minneapolis may help a long-standing effort to revitalize a blighted expanse of north Nicollet Mall that stretches to the Mississippi River.

Minnetonka-based Opus Development Corp. released plans Tuesday to build a nine-story office building on the southeast corner of Nicollet Mall and 4th Street. Office space in the new building would be leased to Xcel Energy for roughly half of its 1,500 employees downtown, with the remaining workforce located in the energy company’s headquarters across the street.

Construction is slated to begin in 2014, pending needed approvals, with occupancy expected in 2016.

Pillsbury’s, The Father of Waters Pauses at Minneapolis (1910) by the Minnesota Historical Society

Target Center to host NCHC championships

The Target Center will begin hosting a series of collegiate hockey championship games starting in 2014.

The 2013-14 season will be the first for the National Collegiate Hockey Conference. The conference is made up of eight Division I schools, including St. Cloud State and the University of North Dakota.

Minneapolis city officials say the tournament will attract around 18,000 fans to the city. They expect the visitors to spent more than $14 million in Minneapolis during the tournament.

via Minnesota Public Radio


Who isn’t happy for more news about great Twin Cities beers? And now, a new contender is edging closer to launch of the first brewery and taproom worthy of the classic area code — 612Brew Minneapolis.

On this auspicious date, 6.12.12, 612Brew announces that it has signed a lease at the corner of Central and Broadway in Northeast Minneapolis. The brewery plans to open its taproom and have growlers available by late fall; and be liquor-store-ready within a year.

612Brew will launch with two beers: “SIX,” a sessionable American pale ale; and “Rated R,” a spicy and hoppy Rye IPA. The label will also introduce a summer seasonal beer, a tribute to Gilligan’s Island: the “Mary Ann” — a German-style lager featuring (wait for it) freshly grated ginger. There will be taproom and growler-only beers, such as “Zero Hour,” an American black ale, available to patrons who visit the brewery.

612Brew will be located at 945 Broadway St., the anchor tenant in the historic building The Broadway. This landmark building — recently purchased by Peter Remes, who restored the Van Buren building in Northeast and the Icehouse building in South Minneapolis — features exposed brick and timber along with polished concrete floors, an outdoor patio and a rain garden, creating a perfect atmosphere for the brewery. The Broadway, represented by Mark Krogh of Java Properties, is currently undergoing a full restoration.

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Duluth brewpub Fitger’s headed to Minneapolis

A big taste of Duluth is headed to downtown Minneapolis.

Rod Raymond and Tim Nelson, co-owners of Duluth’s landmark Fitger’s Brewhouse, are purchasing the historic North Loop building that last housed Trocaderos (107 3rd Av. N.) and plan to open a branch of their 19-year-old brewpub. “Our goal is to bring a taste of northern Minnesota to heart of downtown Minneapolis,” said Raymond.

The basic plan is to feature six to eight house-brewed ales, along with food and live music, in a dramatic setting; the brewery will be built around the former Trocaderos stage, and the roomy music listening room is going to be re-christened the Beer Hall. “We’re going to rock out right in the brewery,” said Raymond. “You’ll be able to hear an eclectic mix of music while you’re sipping one of our blueberry porters or our Starfire pale ale. It’s going to be great.”

One tiny hitch: The brewery won’t be up and running for the first six months of operations. Until then, the bar will import Fitger’s brewmaster Dave Hoops’ top-rated Duluth-made ales. “You can count on Dave Hoops to put out some pretty damned good beers,” said Raymond. “And we’re going to have guest taps of all the locally made beers that we love — Summit, Fulton, Surly — so we’ll be a full ale house when you get there.”

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New Food Truck Roundup 2012: Minneapolis Edition via Heavy Table